Baseball Crank
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April 29, 2004
BASEBALL: Stripe-ed Tigers

Things are looking up for the Detroit pitching staff. This is all relative; although they won't be mistaken for Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz in their primes, the early returns on three of Detroit's young starters show a few signs for cautious optimism:

PitcherIPERAH/9HR/9BB/9K/9
Mike Maroth32.23.5810.190.831.655.51
Nate Robertson22.22.785.960.796.3511.91
Jeremy Bonderman21.26.658.722.084.579.55

Maroth's numbers are particularly encouraging, and show a guy who's maturing into a dependable starter with great control, although with his low strikeout rate he'll always get hit. Robertson's numbers are your basic Nolan Ryan stat line - don't expect that to keep up, and don't expect him to finish with a 2.78 ERA if he keeps walking 6 men per 9 innings. But the exceptionally high strikeout rate is a very good sign.

Bonderman is still a long way off, but his high K rate is also a sign that he's starting to fool some people, which he did precious little of last season.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:28 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

As a relocated to Ann Arbor Red Sox fan, I have no long-time affection for the Tabbies, but since I've been here the new park and this year's team give plenty to look forward to.

I have both Robertson and Bonderman active on my fantasy squad (we obviously have an extremely deep League) and with some careful watching of the matchups I hope they don't kill me...

Posted by: Mr Furious at April 29, 2004 1:29 PM

As a relocated to Ann Arbor Red Sox fan, I have no long-time affection for the Tabbies, but since I've been here the new park and this year's team give plenty to look forward to.

I have both Robertson and Bonderman active on my fantasy squad (we obviously have an extremely deep League) and with some careful watching of the matchups I hope they don't kill me...

Posted by: Mr Furious at April 29, 2004 1:30 PM

So much for that plan...

N. Robertson RP
DET 3 v ANA 12 (Final) 8 ER, 8 HA, 2 BBI, 21.600 ERA, 3.1 INN, K, L, 3.000 WHIP

Ugh.

Posted by: Mr Furious at April 29, 2004 4:12 PM
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